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Teen Programs

A great place to meet students with similar interests, the Museum offers a range of programs for creative teens and those interested in art history. Contact Alice Novak, Curator of Education to learn more.



The Muses

The Muses, the Museum’s Teen Council, represent a variety of schools and the homeschool community. Council members enjoy expressive activities in the galleries and plan events at the Museum including performances, arts career fairs, and opportunities to work with living artists. If you are interested in becoming a Muse or learning more about teen events, please contact Alice Novak, Curator of Education.

Quilting a Story: Workshop
Thursday, September 22, 5 – 6:30 P.M.
Learn about the rich story-quilt technique of Faith Ringold reflected in prints by the artist in the Museum’s Collection and other works. Participants will be inspired to make their own “story quilts” using textiles and other materials.

Hosted by the MUSES, this workshop is free for all middle and high school students.


AP Art History

ED_school_AP21Still accepting students for the 2016/17 school year.

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Advanced Placement Art History course is offered free of charge to local high school students. In this global survey class that meets daily in the Museum library, students explore the creations of a variety of eras and cultures. Key skills the class builds over the course of the year include identifying works of art, comparing works from different cultures, and examining influences, artist choices, traditions, and innovations. Art is explored as a reflection of larger cultural trends, and the class has the advantage of being able to interact with the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and visiting speakers. Most of all the art history class is an exciting introduction to the art and architecture of the globe and a unique chance to enjoy a seminar style class with students from other schools.

Interested students should contact the teacher Alice Novak,, 334.240.4361.  Download the AP Art History application here.

AP Art History is sponsored by the BBVA Compass Foundation.


Middle and High School Classes

– English teachers, bring your students to practice Ekphrastic writing (or writing in response to works of art!) in the galleries. Co-lead a writing workshop with a Museum and host a reading at the end.

– History teachers, don’t forget about the American historical sources hanging all over the Museum walls. Call us about an American history gallery talk or writing assignment for your students.

– Foreign language teachers, bring your students to discuss works of art in a second language. We can help you find references to your country of focus in our collection. We have Museum docents who speak German, Spanish, and Korean.

– Math and science teachers, brainstorm with us to think about applications of mathematics and science in works of art and architecture, explore the wall in ARTWORKS based on the Fibonacci sequence and more.

-Interested in having your students learn more about working at an art Museum? Call about the possibility of partnering on a Junior Curators or Junior Docent program or to take a behind the scenes tour of the Museum.

To explore these or any other school partnerships, please call Alice Novak at 334.240.4361.

Studio Classes

(Ages 14 and Older)

Studio classes are available for teens and adults throughout the year. Classes offer instruction in a variety of art mediums, including digital media. Download the current Studio Flyer here to learn more or call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365.


Summer Painting with Sandra

Back by popular demand, Sandra Hicks Larson will teach these fun and informative series of classes, designed for students of all levels, including those who have no prior painting experience. Participants will work from photographs and will view landscapes in the Museum for inspiration. Since these classes are offered during the summer, participants may sign up for individual classes or the entire series. Class size is limited to 10. Some supplies provided.
Instructor: Sandra Hicks Larson
Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Thursday: August 4, 11; September 1, 22; October 20
Cost: $30 members per class/$40 non-members per class;
$140 members/$190 non-members for the series of five classes


Gary Chapman-Grid CalloutCHARCOAL: Expressive Mark Making, A Painters Approach to Drawing
Explore charcoal as the perfect drawing medium for expressive mark making in this two-day workshop. Gary Chapman, regionally recognized artist and popular UAB professor, will help participants develop a personal approach to loose, aggressive mark-making with a combination of additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal and erasers. While charcoal will be the primary medium, students will be encouraged to combine other media such as conte crayon, spray paint, ink and gesso. A supply list will be provided upon registration.
Instructor: Gary Chapman
Dates and Time: Saturday, September 24: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.;
Sunday, September 25: 1:30 to 4:30 P.M.
Cost: $115 members/$160 non-members
$75 students for the two-day workshop


Creating a Minimalist Landscape with Palette Knife
alisa-koch1All skill levels will enjoy using oil paints on frame-able archival canvas paper to create alluring landscapes with artist Alisa Koch.  Participants will learn to see and understand the landscape in terms of shape and color, mixing colors from a limited palette, and manipulating paint with a palette knife to blend and shape the landscape form.  Oil paints, paper, mineral spirits, easels, and reference photographs will be provided by the instructor and the Museum.  Class size is limited to 8 participants to allow for individual instruction, so sign up early!
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Instructor: Alisa Koch
Time: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Dates: Saturday, October 8 & Sunday October 9, 2016
Cost: $225 members/ $270 non-members for the two-day workshop


Designing in Stained Glass
With the skillful guidance of glass artist Gloria Simons, even beginners will learn to design, cut, and assemble amazing works of art in stained glass just in time for the holidays in the series of eight gloria-simons-glassclasses. Those with more experience working in stained glass will be challenged to create more difficult designs.  Many supplies and all glass working tools are provided. Register quickly to reserve a place in this series, limited to eight participants.
Instructor: Gloria Simons
Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Dates: October 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8
Cost: $200 members/ $245 non-members for the series of eight classes


Mixed Media Workshop

Be inspired by the exhibition Federico Uribe: Transformart and the Colombian-born, Miami-based artists use of recycled, everyday objects in his playful installations.  Learn to incorporate drawings, prints, photographs, and other media in your paintings, using archival adhesives.  Many supplies will be provided for this unique workshop.
Madison Faile_SummertimeInstructor: Madison Faile
Dates & Times: Sunday, October 16 – 12:30 to 4:30 P.M.
Saturday, October 22 – 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Cost: $115 members/ $160 non-members/$75 students for the two-day workshop




Tuition cost will be refunded if a class is canceled.

For a full refund, cancellations must be made NO LATER THAN 2 WEEKS BEFORE
the class, workshop, or camp begins. After that time a 25%

administrative fee will be charged.